Meg Webster, Solar Grow Room,2016. Copyright Meg Webster, Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Foto Steven Probert
ARoS Triennial: The Garden - The Past
The Garden - End of Times, Beginning of Times
8 April until 10 September 2017, levels 1 and 5
3000 square metres of art distributed on two floors mark the beginning of the narrative about 400 years of human interaction with nature
On Saturday 8 April, ARoS will be opening the exhibition The Past, unveiling the first part of the Triennial The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times. The Past comprises more than 100 works (paintings, installations, video art, and sculptures) by artists including René Magritte, Nicolas Poussin, Paul Gauguin, Edvard Munch, Robert Smithson, and Meg Webster, covering two galleries on levels 1 and 5, respectively.
- The opening of The Past marks the launch of the most ambitious exhibition in the history of the museum. We’ve gathered a considerable number of impressive works enabling us to place some of the greatest artists side by side. We’ll be showing 400 years of art history, making us wiser to the past and showing us where we’re heading, says Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS.
ABOUT THE PAST
The Past presents a number of works illustrating man’s relationship with nature at various points in time: from the powerful orchestration of the baroque garden, the mathematically constructed landscapes of neo-classicism, and the sensuous gardens of the rococo to the monumental use of nature in land art projects and modern man’s impact on nature portrayed in contemporary art.
- The exhibition unveils a general picture of man’s changing relations with nature seen through the lens of art. These differences don’t simply express the aesthetic style of individual painters, but also the changes taking places in society generally. We’ve been influencing and choreographing nature to this day and we’ve now reached a stage where nature increasingly affects our daily lives in the form of human-induced climate changes, for example, says Jakob Vengberg Sevel, curator, ARoS.
Yinka Shonibare, The Swing, 2001. Installation. (c) Tate, London 2015
A CHOICE OF ARTISTS IN THE PAST
Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Antoine Watteau, Jacob Isaacksz. van Ruisdael, John Constable, Caspar David Friedrich, Edvard Munch, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Maurice de Vlaminck, Emil Nolde, Max Liebermann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico, Robert Smithson, Joan Jonas, Richard Long, Diana Thater, Meg Webster, Olafur Eliasson, Damián Ortega, Darren Almond, and Pamela Rosenkranz.
Curators of The Past: Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director, ARoS, Lise Pennington, chief curator, and Jakob Vengberg Sevel, curator, both ARoS.
René Magritte, The Resumption, 1965. ©Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo , Japan, Bridgeman Images.
THE GARDEN – End of Times; Beginning of Times er støttet af Aarhus 2017.
BRIEFLY ON THE TRIENNIAL
The ARoS Triennial The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times thematises man’s coexistence with and view on nature, indicating how varying world views (religious, political, ideological, cultural, or scientific) have had an impact on how nature has been represented in art through the ages.
The Triennial consists of three sections (The Past, The Present, and The Future), which provide the structural framework of the exhibition. The Past examines the landscape and man’s relationship with nature from the perspective of art and the history of ideas, The Present looks at nature in a modern urban context, and The Future explores the artistic reaction to environmental changes. The Present and The Future will be open to visitors in June and July of this year.
- The Past (at ARoS): 8 April until 10 September 2017
- The Present (in the city): 3 June until 30 July 2017
- The Future (by the coast): 3 June until 30 July 2017
The curatorial team behind the Triennial are Erlend G. Høyersten, museum director and founding director of the Triennial, ARoS, Lise Pennington, chief curator, Jakob Vengberg Sevel, curator, both ARoS, Marie Nipper, external curator, and Anne Mette Thomsen and Ellen Drude Skeel Langvold, exhibition coordinators, both ARoS.
ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN 2017
The ARoS Triennial The Garden – End of Times, Beginning of Times will be one of the highlights of the Aarhus Capital of Culture 2017 events and is supported by Aarhus 2017.
- Aarhus 2017 is proud to be partners in presenting The Past, the first part of the impressive and ambitious Triennial, which ARoS is presenting in the European Capital of Culture year. The Triennial is one of four major MEGA events in our Cultural Capital year, and it is a good example of how we can raise the bar and create major ambitious art projects that generate attention all across Europe and attract a large international audience. Both for this year and into the future, says Rebecca Matthews, CEO of Aarhus 2017.
To accompany the Triennial, an extensive and well-illustrated catalogue will be published in collaboration with König Books, London, covering all three parts of the exhibition. There will be interviews with the artists Katharina Grosse, Doug Aitken, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and the theoretician Bruno Latour. Further, the 300 pages include a series of peer-reviewed articles by acclaimed specialists from Denmark and abroad, including W.J.T. Mitchell, T.J. Demos, Jacob Wamberg, and Jacob Lund.
Press photos can be downloaded free of charge from Dropbox
The exhibition has received generous support from: